HARRISON — Destiny Bohanon scored 20 points to lead Wayne past Ursuline Academy 51-34 to capture the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division 1 District title Saturday at Harrison High School.
The 25-1 Warriors took another step closer to their goal for a first ever state tournament bid by defeating Ursuline Academy. Led by super freshman point guard Destiny Bohanon, Wayne used a late second quarter surge to pull out in front of the Lions. It was that second quarter run combined with lock down defense that provided the cushion to get the win. Olivia Trice and Maya Dunson added additional firepower as they connected on three 3-pointers each to contribute to the victory and advance to the Sweet 16.
“It’s surreal,” said Coach Sonya Miller concerning advancing to the Sweet 16. “It feels good to know that we are creating history for Wayne girls basketball. It’s good to know that we did make history today.”
“It’s amazing,” said Olivia Trice concerning the win. “We have been working everyday just to get to this point. It’s a great feeling; we just got to keep rolling and keep this train rolling.”
“It’s been a long journey,” said sophomore Maya Dunson. “I feel very proud of all of our team and everybody that has helped us. I’m hyped and excited.”
Wayne pulled out to a quick 7-3 lead as Bohanon drove to the basket for a layup. But Ursuline Academy answered with a 3-pointer from Elle Folan and a free throw by Maddie Stuhlreyer to tie the game at 7-7 with 2:19 remaining in the first quarter. Wayne closed out the quarter with a 3-pointer from Trice and another from Dunson to lift the Warriors to a 13-9 advantage.
With Wayne in the lead 16-11 at the 6:50 mark in the second quarter the Warriors put together an 11-2 run. Shai McGruder got a steal and took it all the way for a score, and then Bohanon scored on a fast break to give Wayne their biggest lead and a 27-15 halftime advantage.
“We knew our athleticism would protect us,” Miller said. “Getting up and down the court is what we practiced all week to prepare for this game. Run and gun, if we do that it didn’t matter who was running in the passing lanes, get the ball out and let’s go. It helped us get this win today.”
Ursuline Academy cut the Wayne lead back to 11 points as Emma Cain hit a free throw. Wayne answered with another Trice 3-pointer and a Bohanon drive to the hoop for a three point play to keep control of the lead. Dunson followed with a 3-pointer and McGruder cleaned the offensive glass for a bucket to give Wayne a commanding 42-24 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
Ursuline Academy scored on three consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter but it was too little, too late, as the Wayne train kept on rolling to another victory. Leading scorers for Ursuline Academy were Folan and Stahlreyer with 10 points each.
“We will put this win behind us,” said Dunson. “We will stay focused in practice and remember who we are playing against and remember that any competition can beat us. Even though we are doing so well this year anyone can beat us so we have to stay focused.”
“I think our girls are very prepared,” said Coach Miller. “Now that we have been able to win the GWOC, go undefeated in the GWOC, win the sectional in a tough game with Lebanon, win the district the way we have, I think we are now in a position to where we can face any adversity with any team on the court and we have a really good chance of winning. The mentality is we are going to leave it all on the court, and we are going for it.”
Wayne (25-1) will play Mason (21-2) Wednesday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division 1 regional tournament. Game will be played at Kettering’s Trent Arena.
WAY 13 27 42 51 – 51
URS 09 15 24 34 – 34
Wayne: Mali Morgan-Elliott 2, Shanell Parker 2. Destiny Bohanon 20, Olivia Trice 14, Shai McGruder 4, Maya Dunson 9. Totals: 9-12-51.
Ursuline Academy: Elle Folan 10, Audrey James 2, Olivia McCloy 4, Emma Cain 5, Maddie Stuhlreyer 10, Sabrina Barber 3. Totals: 12-7-34.
3-point goals: Wayne 7 (Trice 3, Dunson 3, Bohanon); Ursuline Academy 1 (Folan).
Records: Wayne (25-1), Ursuline Academy (14-9).
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